While the fishing in Astoria is important, there happens to be plenty of other things to do while you’re in the area. My wife and kids have visited and spent time at all the attractions that I’ve listed below. There is some amazing history to discover about Astoria and the region around it. So if you’re off the water early one day or have an extra day, I would encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about Astoria.
The history of Columbia River fishing and maritime activities is fascinating to me. This attraction is located right on the Columbia River in downtown Astoria and will give you a couple hours of exhibits to walk through. I’ve been to the Columbia River Maritime Museum a number of times and always enjoy my visits.
Fort Stevens is a state park located about 5 miles to the West of Astoria on the northwesterly most tip of Oregon. The fort was in use by the U.S. government from 1847 until 1947 as a military defense location. The park has many activities, re-enactments and just plain fun throughout the year. The park even provides camping and yurts to visitors of the area. This is a great place for a walk and an opportunity to see some really cool history.
The Astoria Column is one of the great landmarks on the Northern Oregon Coast. On a nice day, the top of the column will offer spectacular views to the ocean, river and coastal range. This is a must on the first clear afternoon of your visit. If you arrive at low tide, the view from this peak will definitely help you put your fishing day in perspective as you can see the sandbars and channels that we have or will navigate on your trip.
In addition to my above suggestion you can find several very nice golf courses in the area, a theater, and a great market on the weekends. One of the great outlet malls in the region is located just to the south in the town of Seaside. You can also drive across the Astoria-Megler bridge to Washington to visit some of the little towns that make up SW Washington as well.
Let me know if you need any additional suggestions. I’m here to help make you fishing trip to Astoria the best that it can be.